Etihad Aviation Group has awarded the winners of a special ‘Hackathon’, which it hosted in partnership with Cognit, a joint venture between Mubadala and IBM Watson, as part of the UAE’s nation-wide Innovation Week celebrations last week.
The Hackathon, which
took place at Etihad Airways’ state-of-the-art Innovation Centre, saw more than 20
computer science and engineering students from leading Abu Dhabi based
universities compete over three days to create innovative travel and aviation
applications using IBM Watson’s cognitive technology.
A team comprising four
female students from the Higher Colleges of Technology won for developing an
app that gives reminders on when to hydrate, exercise and rest - helping
passengers to prevent and recover from jet-lag.
A second team of five
students from New York University Abu Dhabi won for developing a door-to-door
travel concierge app allowing passengers to get in touch with flight attendants
Each member of the winning teams was awarded
an Etihad Airways Business Class round-trip ticket to New York to visit IBM
Watson’s headquarters at Astor Place, and a New York City sightseeing tour.